Perspectives on Data Science for Software Engineering

  • ID: 3452007
  • Book
  • 408 Pages
  • Elsevier Science and Technology
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Perspectives on Data Science for Software Engineering presents the best practices of seasoned data miners in software engineering. The idea for this book was created during the 2014 conference at Dagstuhl, an invitation-only gathering of leading computer scientists who meet to identify and discuss cutting-edge informatics topics.

At the 2014 conference, the concept of how to transfer the knowledge of experts from seasoned software engineers and data scientists to newcomers in the field highlighted many discussions. While there are many books covering data mining and software engineering basics, they present only the fundamentals and lack the perspective that comes from real-world experience. This book offers unique insights into the wisdom of the community's leaders gathered to share hard-won lessons from the trenches.

Ideas are presented in digestible chapters designed to be applicable across many domains. Topics included cover data collection, data sharing, data mining, and how to utilize these techniques in successful software projects. Newcomers to software engineering data science will learn the tips and tricks of the trade, while more experienced data scientists will benefit from war stories that show what traps to avoid.

- Presents the wisdom of community experts, derived from a summit on software analytics- Provides contributed chapters that share discrete ideas and technique from the trenches- Covers top areas of concern, including mining security and social data, data visualization, and cloud-based data- Presented in clear chapters designed to be applicable across many domains

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Introduction

Perspectives on data science for software engineering

Software analytics and its application in practice

Seven principles of inductive software engineering: What we do is different

The need for data analysis patterns (in software engineering)

From software data to software theory: The path less traveled

Why theory matters

Success Stories/Applications

Mining apps for anomalies

Embrace dynamic artifacts

Mobile app store analytics

The naturalness of software

Advances in release readiness

How to tame your online services

Measuring individual productivity

Stack traces reveal attack surfaces

Visual analytics for software engineering data

Gameplay data plays nicer when divided into cohorts

A success story in applying data science in practice

There's never enough time to do all the testing you want

The perils of energy mining: measure a bunch, compare just once

Identifying fault-prone files in large industrial software systems

A tailored suit: The big opportunity in personalizing issue tracking

What counts is decisions, not numbers-Toward an analytics design sheet

A large ecosystem study to understand the effect of programming languages on code quality

Code reviews are not for finding defects-Even established tools need occasional evaluation

Techniques

Interviews

Look for state transitions in temporal data

Card-sorting: From text to themes

Tools! Tools! We need tools!

Evidence-based software engineering

Which machine learning method do you need?

Structure your unstructured data first!: The case of summarizing unstructured data with tag clouds

Parse that data! Practical tips for preparing your raw data for analysis

Natural language processing is no free lunch

Aggregating empirical evidence for more trustworthy decisions

If it is software engineering, it is (probably) a Bayesian factor

Becoming Goldilocks: Privacy and data sharing in "just right” conditions

The wisdom of the crowds in predictive modeling for software engineering

Combining quantitative and qualitative methods (when mining software data)

A process for surviving survey design and sailing through survey deployment

Wisdom

Log it all?

Why provenance matters

Open from the beginning

Reducing time to insight

Five steps for success: How to deploy data science in your organizations

How the release process impacts your software analytics

Security cannot be measured

Gotchas from mining bug reports

Make visualization part of your analysis process

Don't forget the developers! (and be careful with your assumptions)

Limitations and context of research

Actionable metrics are better metrics

Replicated results are more trustworthy

Diversity in software engineering research

Once is not enough: Why we need replication

Mere numbers aren't enough: A plea for visualization

Don't embarrass yourself: Beware of bias in your data

Operational data are missing, incorrect, and decontextualized

Data science revolution in process improvement and assessment?

Correlation is not causation (or, when not to scream "Eureka!”)

Software analytics for small software companies: More questions than answers

Software analytics under the lamp post (or what star trek teaches us about the importance of asking the right questions)

What can go wrong in software engineering experiments?

One size does not fit all

While models are good, simple explanations are better

The white-shirt effect: Learning from failed expectations

Simpler questions can lead to better insights

Continuously experiment to assess values early on

Lies, damned lies, and analytics: Why big data needs thick data

The world is your test suite

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Menzies, Tim
Tim Menzies, Full Professor, CS, NC State and a former software research chair at NASA. He has published 200+ publications, many in the area of software analytics. He is an editorial board member (1) IEEE Trans on SE; (2) Automated Software Engineering journal; (3) Empirical Software Engineering Journal. His research includes artificial intelligence, data mining and search-based software engineering. He is best known for his work on the PROMISE open source repository of data for reusable software engineering experiments.
Williams, Laurie
Laurie Williams, Full Professor and Associate Department Head CS, NC State. 180+ publications, many applying software analytics. She is on the editorial boards of IEEE Trans on SE; (2) Information and Software Technology; and (3) IEEE Software.
Zimmermann, Thomas
is a researcher in the Research in Software Engineering (RiSE) group at Microsoft Research, adjunct assistant professor at the University of Calgary, and affiliate faculty at University of Washington. He is best known for his work on systematic mining of version archives and bug databases to conduct empirical studies and to build tools to support developers and managers. He received two ACM SIGSOFT Distinguished Paper Awards for his work published at the ICSE '07 and FSE '08 conferences.
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